Author John Kenny Crane Releases The Secrets of North Brother Island

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New book looks into the General Slocum Disaster—the biggest in the American history

The Engine that Drives Silicon Valley.

A notable exploration on the greatest non-military disaster in the American history awaits readers as author John Kenny Crane releases, through Xlibris, The Secrets of North Brother Island: An Illustrated Novel of the Greatest American Disaster Before September 11, 2001. An historical novel, it takes readers back to North Brother Island in 1904 to witness a disaster that gnarled its taproots as far as the Civil War and probably farther.

The Secrets of North Brother Island details how the General Slocum tragedy, the greatest non-military disaster in the country’s history that killed almost eleven hundred people, had occurred. The burning steamship pleasure boat, beached on North Brother Island instead of the better-equipped Riker’s Island, which was right beside it when the fire was discovered. Was it accidental or was it sabotage? Crane explores the possibilities—how it happened, who did it and why, the people who died, the few survivors, and more.

Crane uses insights, information, and facts from reliable sources to give The Secrets of North Brother Island a realistic feel.

Delve deeper into this historical fiction as Crane details everything about the Slocum disaster and the people and events surrounding it—occurrences that had their root causes as far back as the Civil War. For more information on The Secrets of North Brother Island log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
John Kenny Crane is Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts at San Jose State University, “The Engine that Drives Silicon Valley.” This is his eighth book. One, The Legacy of Ladysmith, was a Book-of-the-Month Club Featured Selection. Another, The Root of All Evil, was named to the American Library Association’s List of “Best Academic Books of the Year.” In September, 2009, he collected his short stories into a book titled Growing Up as a Baby Boomer, all about one hero’s maturation from age 5 to age 45. His most recent novel is The Last Great Superpower in 2004. He and his wife Beverley live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Secrets of North Brother Island * by John Kenny Crane
An Illustrated Novel of the Greatest American Disaster Before September 11, 2001
Publication Date: February 17, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 435 pages; 978-1-4415-9537-9
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 435 pages; 978-1-4415-9538-6

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7876.

For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at Xlibris.com.

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